Lift me up…

Another recipe for you guys today and it’s an Italian classic that I love. I’ve just put my usual twist on it to make it how I like it.

So I’m making Tiramisu, which in Italian apparently means ‘pick me up’ or ‘lift me up’, so perfect for making if you need a little lift. With this weather I think we could all use it!

I made this one for James’ grandad’s 80th birthday party and it went down a treat. I was really impressed with how it turned out, so here’s the recipe for you guys…

  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml Disaronno
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water. I used my costa coffee and brewed it first in a cafetiere.
  • 175g pack sponge fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

First I put the cream, mascarpone, sugar and liqueur in a big bowl and give it a whisk until it has the consistency of thick whipped cream-see picture on the left- You want it so you will be able to spread it over the sponge fingers later.

Get your serving dish ready, you don’t have to grease it or anything! Pour your brewed coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few seconds until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy.  If they’re soggy you will end up with a mush when you try to serve 🙂

Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. You can always use more chocolate if you have a real sweet tooth.

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Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

Here’s a few pictures from the bash 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you give this a go, post a picture in the comments or send it to me on Twitter. You can follow me there or on Blog Lovin’ I would love to hear from you…

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

Eight Photos of Happiness

Today I was tagged by the lovely Megan over at Lazy Thoughts to do the eight photos of happiness post, you may have seen it floating about in the blogosphere. This is a lovely thing to be involved in so thanks Megan for the tag. It means I get to show you guys a bit more about my life and the people I share it with. My photos make me happy to look at which is why I’ve chosen them, they may not look like the typical ‘happy photo’ but they mean so much to me!

I hope you enjoy the post…

The first is from the first time I went up to the Gin Festival– give the link a click, you won’t be sorry! Anyway, amazing F4F52A14-BB98-4355-85F8-071337F873F9weekend spent with an ex work colleague and a dear friend. We had the best time sampling all the different types of gin and I even managed to meet a blogger from up North I have admired for ages. It makes me smile to look at, I was so excited and had never been to such a lovely taster evening.

The second -on the right- is a photo of me and my uncle Tim, I love this photo so much as it reminds me of why I am so close to my family. They are a bunch a loons just like me! He is the best uncle, he was the last to have children but he is a natural born parent as is the evidence lol. My Nan still has that bowl btw.

My third photo is of my best mates gorgeous little girl Bonnie. Nic is the first of my best mates to have a baby and I just love her. She is like a little mini Nicole.

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Isn’t she cute? This photo literally makes me grin ear to ear ❤️

The next is of most of my friends in one photo. These bunch of girls are the best mates anyone could ask for. We’ve been through a lot together and we are all a complete support for each other. I wouldn’t change anyone of them.

Onto the next and it’s me and my lovely fella, James. This is us queuing at Alton Towers.


I treated us to a weekend away there for his 30th it was such a lovely trip and we stayed in the most adorable B n B just outside the park. We’ve been together for 3 years and I’m not gonna gush but I just loves him.

This is Jasmine, she is the cutest little doglet! I have so many photos of pets and they all make me smile. This cutie is James’ mum’s dog and we frequently steal her for sleepovers. She is perfect company if your feeling a bit blue her energy is just infectious.  
She doesn’t stop which is quite an achievement for a dog that’s 10!

This is a photo of my late uncle David and my little brother Liam. Two of the most favourite men of mine! My uncle was an amazing, intelligent and successful man who was taken away from us way too soon. He doted on us as he didn’t have kids of his own.

I didn’t see him as often as I liked as he lived in New York most of his life but when he did come over you can bet we were spoilt rotten! So here’s him and Liam wearing some very fetching silk jammies.

My last photo  is James again just because he looks so happy eating his cheat day, waffle desert on his birthday. He makes me endlessly happy not just for this post but always 😘

So there you go guys my eight happy photos and a little look into who I spend most of my time with when I’m not on the internet.

I’m going to tag: Carly, Lenka, Kate and Emily.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Any comments, please get in touch. I love hearing from you.

P.S: Gis’ a follow over here. Thanks 🙂

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)